Thursday, July 16, 2009

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary, or Karlsbad in German, is the premier spa town in the Czech Republic. For centuries, people have been arriving here to take advantage of the remedying features of its thermal waters.

Roman and I came to town just as the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival was drawing to a close. This high-profile event showcases mainly European independent films.

We also walked around town, taking in the beautiful river and mountain views. As for the thermal waters, we were disappointed to learn that one needed a doctor’s note to use the spas. We did, however, see a jet stream of thermal water and taste some thermal water that everyone seemed to be bottling. The thermal water, by the way, tasted like rust (due to its high iron content).

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